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Release of 290 000 pikeperch in Himmerfjärden, Sweden

The first of three releases that will be executed during a three year period bagan this week. The total amount of released pikeperch will  be around 900 000. The project is the first of its kind in a sea area and the purpose is to research if an increase of predator fish will change the relation between the organisms in the foodweb so that the effects of eutrophication reduces.


New methods for a cleaner coast

Eutrophication is one of the most severe environmental problems in the Baltic Sea today. It is caused by excess input of nutrients from land to the sea.This project aims at developing mussel farming as an environmental measure to enhance the water quality in the Baltic Sea.


Let environmental considerations govern cod fishing

Internationella Havsforskningsrådet ICES redovisar idag sina rekommendationer för torskfisket i Östersjön 2010. Dessa rekommendationer ligger till grund för kommissionens och ministerrådets beslut om kvoter för fisket.


“Irresponsible to approve cod fishing in the Baltic”

Debate column, published in Dagens Nyheter 2009.05.11

Experts on the Baltic Sea want to protect cod for a few more years: Reinstating cod fishing too soon will jeopardize the future of the industry and will harm the environment. We are right on the threshold of successfully restoring the cod population in the Baltic and with it a healthier sea. But it is far too early to say the danger is over.


Swedish team to build consensus among Polish fisheries

Today representatives of Polish fishermen, scientists, environmental organisations, and the Polish government will meet for a round table meeting in Gdynia to discuss a joint memorandum of understanding regarding the sustainable exploitation of fish in the Baltic Sea.


Pupils in the Baltic Sea region is about to learn more about sustainable fishery

Despite many years of overfishing in the Baltic Sea the problem is nearly unknown amoung general public and pupils in many of the eastern countries in the Baltic Sea region. The swedish upper secondary school, Nacka Gymnasium, will host a conference 26-30th April on sustainable fishery to increase the the awareness of the state of the sea. To enable the participation from the countries in the region Baltic Sea 2020 will support the conference financially.


Research project will reduce eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

One major problem for the healthy state of the Baltic Sea is Phosphorus leakage from agricultural land to the sea. Recent desk/lab studies estimates the potential of using ditch dams and ditch filters to reduce this leakage with 30-40%. This project will assess the real potential and cost effectiveness for ditch dams and ditch filters to reduce Phosphorus leakage from arable land around the Baltic Sea.


The council supports the management plan for cod fishery in the Baltic Sea

The Council of Ministers took yesterday a historical decision for the cod quotas in the Baltic Sea. The decision means that the Council will follow the management plan that was set by the Council last year.


Fortum supports Clean Baltic Sea project with 400 000 EUR

Fortum contributes EUR 400,000 to the Baltic Sea 2020's and John Nurminen Foundation's Clean Baltic Sea project aiming at reducing phosphorous discharges from municipal sources in Poland.


City of Warsaw Takes Action to Reduce Phosphorus Discharges into River Vistula and the Baltic Sea

The Mayor of Warsaw Mrs. Hanna Gronkiewicz – Waltz together with the Chairs of the private foundations John Nurminen Foundation in Finland and Baltic Sea 2020 in Sweden signed a Letter of Intent this week, expressing their intention to drastically reduce the amount of phosphorus leaving Warsaw Waste Water Treatment Plants.


More cod – the best way to combat algal blooms

“There is a strong connection between algal bloom and the lack of cod” says Katarina Veem, Baltic Sea 2020.


Illegal fishing plays a decisive role for the cod quota

If illegal fishing continues, quotas must be adjusted accordingly, the scientific advice stresses. To maintain a profitable fishing industry and favourable environmental conditions we need to make sure that the cod fishing quotas are set in compliance with the scientific advice from ICES.


Minister of Agriculture must follow the scientific advice

ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, has today recommended lowering cod quotas for the western stock of the Baltic Sea for 2009.


Finnish-Swedish cooperation to clean up the Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea 2020 and John Nurminen Foundation have launched the ”Clean Baltic Sea Poland” project with the objective of decreasing the levels of phosphorus in the Baltic Sea. Phosphorus, in too large quantities, is the primary reason for the flowering of blue green algae in the Baltic Sea, now a regular and undesirable summer phenomena. The foundations have the ambition to together help to make the phosphorus purification more effective at selected Polish wastewater treatment plants. The goal is to reduce the discharge of phosphorus from the wastewater treatment plants by 1,000 tons per year.


Study guides to For Cod's sake

Cod is the main predator in the Baltic marine ecosystem. When too much cod has been taken from the sea, the relationships between species in the food chain are changed. When the cod has been fished out, sprats increased which leads to a decrease of zooplankton, which contributes to an increase in phytoplankton.